Sheilah [Wilson] Restack


1975 Caribou River, Nova Scotia

Education

2004

  • MFA Studio Arts Practice Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom.

2002

  • BFA NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1998

  • BA Honors English and French, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick.

Exhibitions

2017

  • Stack for Carrington's Hyena, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL (with Dani [Leventhal] Restack)
  • A Hand in Two Ways (Fisted), Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH (with Dani [Leventhal] Restack)
  • Citings/Sightings, Lennon Weinberg, New York, NY  

 

2016

  • East is the New West, curated by Sophia Bartholomew, Vancouver Art/Book fair.
  • Pole Saw curated by Fritz Horstman, Pyramiden, Russia
  • Satellite Squared, Migrational Methods & a Romantic Gonzo Gesture curated by Zahar Vaks, Satellite Contemporary, Las Vegas.

2015

  • Always Already Here, curated by Joshua Bienko, Ortega y Gasset Booth at Baltimore Art Fair.
  • Doing Our Own Thing: Back-to-the-land in Eastern Canada during the 1970s curated by Pan Wendt and Amish Morell, Confederation Centre, PEI.
  • Tightened, as If By Pliers, curated by Joshua Bienko and Leeza Meksin, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY.
  • Earthwerks and other Celestial Familiars, Sidecar Gallery, Indiana. OYG member show.

2014

  • Pictou Island Portage, curated by Eryn Foster, Nova Scotia.
  • The Fixed Shadow, Jurors Carol Panaro-Smith and James Hajicek, Wright State University, Ohio.
  • DESPAIR / DESPAIR NOT, Installation Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario.
  • RELAY RELAY, ORTEGA Y GASSET PROJECTS, collective group show, Bushwick, New York.
  • BUILD YOUR ALTAR (solo show), Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. *

2013

  • The Almost Metal Collective, curated by David Jones, A + D Gallery Columbia College, Chicago.*
  • Society Photographic Educators, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Curated by Catherine Evans.
  • The Invisible Inside the Visible, (solo show) Ross Creek Center for the Arts, Nova Scotia.
  • If Becoming This, (solo show) Antioch University, Ohio. *

2012

  • A line drawn continuously and without looking while you tell your out of body experience, Anna Leonowens Gallery (solo show), NSCAD Artist in Residence/ Visiting Artist, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • W(here), curated by Mary MacDonald, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. *
  • Brevity of all things pure, Featherston Seen, window installation, Featherston, New Zealand.
  • Ephemeral Traces, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. Curated by Claudia Arozqueta. *
  • Melting Snow by Hand and other Minor Miracles, Queen Elizabeth II Park, Masterton, New Zealand.

2011

  • Memory Translation Machine, (solo show) Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Courage, storefront installation, River John, Nova Scotia.

2010

  • Time Sensitive, Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, Columbus, Ohio. Juried by Ola Stoehl.
  • you are my favorite photograph, (solo show) Denison Museum, Granville, Ohio. *
  • Image Ohio, Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, Ohio.

2009

  • Ohio Art League Juried Show, Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, Ohio. Juried by Liza Dent, curator at Columbus Museum of Art.
  • 20th Anniversary, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Columbus Ohio. Juried by Christopher Lynn, director of SPACES.
  • this is only one of the possible redemptions, (solo show) Through the Flower, Belen, New Mexico. *
  • Terminal Video Festival, Austin Peay State University, Tennessee.
  • Small Scale Big Ambition, with Andy Weber and Emily Hall, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
  • Faculty show, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

2008

  • Add-Art and the Future of Online Advertising, curated by Paddy Johnson for Eyebeam Gallery.
  • Southwest Biennial, Albuquerque Museum of Fine Art, New Mexico.
  • Short Suite, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Forevermagic, solo show, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Come Out and Play, Supermasochist group video screening, Apexart, New York.
  • ERI 3, group bookwork show, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • New Feminist Works, group show and first place award, Belen, New Mexico.

2007

  • outside it is a dark spread even, Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque, New Mexico. *
  • Loosely Joined, Creative Capital participants show, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, curated by Diane Karp.*
  • Noche Delcious III, curator and organizer of the Madrid Ballpark outdoor film and video festival.
  • CCA/disCoarse Art Santa Fe 26 hour performance, art Santa Fe location, curated by Cyndi Conn and Zane Fischer.
  • Some place I have never travelled, Cruz Gallery, New Mexico, curated by Cyndi Conn.
  • Flight of Fancy, Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico, curated by Laura Addisson. (podcast)
  • Eye to I, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, curated by Suzanne Sbarge.*
  • Site Santa Fe commission for work at New Years Eve party.

2006

  • Ouch my Eye! at the Artspace, Philadelphia, curated by Michael Lorefice.
  • Drift, Bronx River Art Center, New York, curated by Eileen Torpey.
  • Noche Delicious II, curator and organizer for local, outdoor film festival in the Madrid Ballpark, New Mexico.
  • Sappy Film Festival, Sackville, New Brunswick, curated by Goody B. Wiseman.
  • Southwest Biennial, Albuquerque Museum of Fine Art, New Mexio. Curated by Nels Agather. *
  • Golden Egg book launch, Philspace, Santa Fe, New Mexico.*
  • The Screen Short Film Festival, curated screening of short films, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Confessions, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, juried by Pamela Grau Tewa.

* = catalogue associated

 

Screenings/ Performances

2017

  • Wexner Visiting Filmmaker (Shameless Light Performance, screening Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (SOTD) and Q&A with Chris Stults)
  • Toronto International Film Festival; Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (SOTD), Wavelengths, curated by Andrea Picard.
  • Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (SOTD)
  • Athens International Film Festival Juror Screening SOTD and Shameless Light Performance
  • Whitney Biennial, premiere of Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (SOTD)

2016

  • Shameless Light performance, Dani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson, Lyric Theatre, Carizozzo NM.

Curatorial

2017

  • Repeat Pressure Until, Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, Ohio. (curator)
  • Mother Mother, volume II, edited publication of mother artists and writers.

2016

  • Repeat Pressure Until, Ortega y Gasset Projects, New York. (curator)
  • Mother Mother, volume I, edited publication of mother artists and writers. 

2014

  • Body As Omen, curated performance series with Maria Hupfield, Ryder Cooley, Blanko + Noiry, Baker Overstreet, Michael Dudeck, Rachel Mason, Geo Wyeth and The Institute for New Feeling. Ortega y Gasset projects, New York.*

Residencies

2017

  • The Annex Arts Center and Residency, Castine, ME

2016

2014

  • Confederation Centre Artist Research Residency, Prince Edward Island.
  • Struts & Faucet Gallery Artist in Residence, New Brunswick.

2012

  • Full Tilt Residency, Newfoundland.
  • Artist in Residence, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2011

  • Something in the Water: thematic residency with Adam Chodzko. Banff Center for the Arts, Alberta.

2008

  • New Pacific Studios, Masterton, New Zealand.

Awards

2017

  • Howard Foundation Photography Fellowship, Brown University

2016

  • Canada Council for the Arts: Project Grant.

2015

  • Honorable Mention Excellence in Photographic Teaching, Center for Photography Santa Fe.
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence in Photography Grant

2014

  • Denison University Research Funding for Sweetly the Pilgrim Slowly the Way.

2013

  • Denison University Research Funding for BUILD YOUR ALTAR, solo show.

2012

  • Spectrum Series funding for THIS COULD BE AN ACT OF COURAGE, performance at Denison University.
  • Canada Council for the Arts: Project Grant.

2011

  • Scholarship for Something in the Water, thematic residency at Banff Center for the Arts.

2010

  • Renee Steidel Award, selected by Christopher Bedford from the Wexner Center at Ohio Art League Juried show.

2009

  • Denison University Research Foundation grant for 'Songs Worth Singing'.

2008

  • Canada Council Travel Grant for 'this is only one of the possible redemptions'.
  • First prize in New Feminist works competition, sponsored by the Through the Flower Foundation.

2006

  • Creative Capital Development professional grant recipient.

Artist Talks/Publications

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • Artist talk, NSCAD University, Nova Scotia.
  • Equal Parts Real and Imagined, Artist talk, W(here) festival, Nova Scotia.
  • Artist talk and Cloud Exchange project, Ranfurly Rooms, Masterton, New Zealand.
  • "A cloud in the shape of a cross: engaging a public" Artist talk: Aratoi Museum of History and Culture, Masterton, New Zealand.

2010

  • "Re-telling the History of Nova Scotia", Denison University Lunch hour talk.

2009

  • Featured artist in Flash-Flood issue two, an online publication of photography.
  • "Humor as Strategy", paper presented for University Art Association of Canada at 2009 conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Session, entitled "Ha, Ha! Made You Look: The Role of Humor in Art Activism", chaired by Christopher Moore.
  • "Shows Salute venue's rich legacy", Christopher Yates for The Columbus Dispatch, Sunday October 11, 2009.
  • Interview with Susan Loubet on KUNM, Womens Focus, Saturday June 27, 2009.
  • Review in Duke City Fix blog, June 2009.
  • Visiting Artist, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana.
  • "Intersections: The photograph in popular culture", presentation for Film Studies Department, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.
  • "Performing Rebellion: The Body and Feminist Art", paper presented for Diverse Students Leadership Conference, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

2008

2007

  • Nova Scotia from Memory, author.
  • "Night at the Movies", preview by Robert Nott for Noche Delicious III Film festival in the Pasatiempo: New Mexican, July 23, 2007.
  • "Frontiers of Fancy", article by Elizabeth Cook Romero, Pasatiempo:  New Mexican, May 17, 2007.
  • Artist talk at 516 Arts in conjunction with exhibit Eye to I.

2006

  • "Egg on Your Face" review by Zane Fischer in the Santa Fe Reporter.
  • "Southwest Biennial" review by Jon Carver in THE Magazine
  • The Golden Egg, editor.
  • "Exhibits: 'Confessions'", review by Daniella Walsh, The Register, California, April 16, 1994.
  • Dialog 360, Lecture at Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.